Last updated on August 19th, 2022 at 06:12 pm
No matter where you are in the great US of A, hot temps are on the loom. Below you will find summer natural hair tips to protect your hair and keep it moisturized by taking advantage of humidity.
Summer has always been coined “the growing season” for hair. However, it really depends on the climate you live in. I hail from humid in the summer NY state.
While the humidity may do a number on a cute hairdo (unless it’s a wash and go; please don’t straighten your hair in the summer). Check out one of the easiest: summer natural hair styles.
Humidity is also the catalyst for super moisturized hair that grows a bit faster for many ladies. That of course, depends on how humid it actually is because too much humidity can actually cause your hair more harm than good.
You can however take full advantage of humidity to encourage moisture in your hair. Here are my summer natural hair tips:
Continue deep conditioning
True lasting moisture penetrates the hair strand and moisturizes within. That can only be achieved with deep conditioning. That’s why you want to first continue deep conditioning your hair. Don’t skip out just because you may “feel” you don’t need it.
Balance moisture with protein
Depending on your hair’s needs, you may be able to do a protein treatment monthly. However, if your hair is super fine like mine, regular weekly doses of light protein will help with maintaining your protein/moisture balance.
This is super important in the summer because humidity can cause too much moisture and cause your hair to have too much elasticity.
Don’t skip moisturizing
Just because there’s moisture in your hair from the air (uh oh, that rhymes), it won’t last forever.
My preferred method for moisturizing in the summer is to add moisture on wash day via deep conditioning as well as a spritz and seal of moisture multiple times throughout the week.
Even with humidity, the heat can cause your hair to dry out quickly. We won’t even address other drying factors like swimming and laying out in the sun thinking your melanin’s got you covered but forgetting about your hair and the importance of sunscreen. I digress.
Protect your natural hair from the summer sun
Speaking of sunscreen, you want to make sure you also protect your hair from the sun’s UV rays which can greatly dry out your hair.
The easiest way to accomplish protecting your naturally beautiful curls from the sun so it stays moisturized is to wear a summer hat. But, where’s the fun in that?
Instead, use either natural sun protection products or hair products formulated with SPF. Check out this post for more on natural sun protection for your hair.
Don’t throw protective styling to the wind
If length retention is your goal, you’ll still want to protect your ends and your strands in general, from over-manipulation. Styling your hair in a manner that protects your ends can help. It also helps to lock in moisture.
Each of these 5 summer natural hair tips can help you with moisture retention and protection this summer.
That’s all folks. Enjoy the humidity!
A Prayer for Our Hair:
Lord God, I ask you in the Name of Jesus to protect us from the sun’s damaging UV rays this summer. Give your people the wisdom to know what protection is best for their hair and also to know when to come in from the sun. Amen.